No Sense?

… It makes all the sense in the world…

Yesterday the Territory Government said it would not support a mine at the site because of community opposition.

But the Minerals Council’s Mitch Hook says rejecting a mine at such an early stage makes no sense.

“We’re looking at the options, and given that the Federal Government has jurisdiction in this space we’ll certainly be making representations to the government to see what, if anything, can be done to resurrect this project,” he said.

In other words, Mr Hook… not only do you NOT CARE what the people nearby your poison pit want… and not only do you COMPLETELY DISREGARD the rejection of the territory that you want to poison… but you’re openly admitting that you’re going to approach the federal government in an attempt to bribe them into allowing this monstrosity.

Meanwhile, a senior Arrente woman says many Aboriginal people – particularly those living in town camps south of Alice Springs – are scared about the potential development of the Angela Pamela uranium mine.

Christobel Swan says people are worried they will get sick in the same way people did after nuclear testing at Maralinga in South Australia in the 1950s.

“There’s a lot of old people here, and the young people… we don’t want that uranium here because… we really don’t like that,” she said.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t understand this uranium and what this uranium’s going do to us.”

These people are not savages. Their race has survived in this country for at least 40 000 years. It is one of the oldest living races on the planet. And in that time they have managed to remember a lot more about this place and what has happened in it than any other culture in the world… more and more scientific proof that ‘stories’ depict ancient real life events is being uncovered every day.

I personally think we could all do well to listen to their advice on a good manner of subjects… looking after our environment should be a given. And who better to actually remember what happened at Maralinga? We, with the video cameras and scientific evidence don’t seem to remember too well at all.

These people deserve the right to defend their land against those who seek to destroy it… particularly if there is a health risk to their people. We would not like someone to come into our back yard and start digging great holes and spreading poisonous materials around… why should they?

To me, Mr Hook… this makes all the sense in the world. In fact, I don’t think it could be any clearer. You don’t own the land, nor the people who live on it… and you’re certainly neither God nor the law. So what gives you the right to assume that you can steal anything from these people?

Who do you think you are? Keep your hands off!



  1. bob said,

    September 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    This is the same situation that happened here to the North American Indians… lands were flooded for hydro (will although a valid and cleaner option, method was still an aberration)…an that was for clean energy…

    If you look around the world where the companies are dumping their waste and dangerous operations and its usually in areas such as these…

    I India they have some of the poorest least educated basically rendering computer parts back to base elements and being poisoned as a whole….

    or in places like Cost Rica and some other south Am places that make/mine such chemicals/elements as Mercury and literally have to brush mercury dust off of the whole town daily…

    I find the process of eminent domain a terrible tool…
    but to carry out such production NEAR people an even bigger sin…

    • Tina said,

      September 30, 2010 at 7:42 am

      It’s sad that it always seems to be the poorer communities who suffer at the hands of the wealthy. These people have very little support from the government in many communities such as those that this story mentions. Health and education is minimal, but the communities themselves are strong. The people care about each other, and they teach their children how to care for themselves… and the environment. They could be living in larger communities where there’s more work and more wealth, but many of them have no interest in these things. The whole culture revolves around surviving in a harsh environment and making the most of it without damaging it. They may be a much simpler band of people… but perhaps that could also mean that they’re smarter. They’ve worked out what really is important to them…. and no other person has the right to tell them that their ideas are wrong. Personally… I believe that cultures like these will still be teaching their children long after ‘we’ have all destroyed ours.

      It makes me angry that a man (or any number of men, for that matter) from another place and culture can come into their land and decide that his wants are more important than these people’s basic needs for survival. Someone needs to stand up and tell them that they’re wrong.

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